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Wellington girls tennis team finishes 4th at State…

The Wellington High School girls tennis team had a heck of a Class 4A state tournament by finishing fourth place as a team. Wichita Collegiate had 38 points, Ark City 30, Independence 30 and Wellington 29 to wrap up a very exciting two days.

Kylie Aufdengarten and MeKenna Adams finished third in doubles and Avery and Rylee Rusk placed fifth. Singles player Abby Lowe placed 11th. The finish was the best since the program won the state championship in 2010.

We will have the full details of Wellington’s big weekend soon.

Wellington cross country prepares for regional this Saturday; varsity boys finish 5th in league

Chase Pfalzgraf places sixth at AV-CTL DIV meet near Hutchinson.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School Cross Country team is preparing for its most important meet of the season when it heads to El Dorado Lake State Park for the Class 4A Regional.

The cross country meet will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the girls and the boys following at 10:40 a.m. Wellington runners will be competing against teams like Labette County, Andale, Andover Central, Arkansas City, Augusta, Clearwater, Coffeyville, El Dorado, Independence, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Circle, Wichita Collegiate, Wichita Trinity and Winfield. Everyone will be running 3.2 miles or a 5K race.

On Thursday, Wellington traveled to Prairie Hills Middle School near Hutchinson to participate in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. III and IV meet.

Wellington would come home with four league medals. Two runners: Mackenzie Heacock and Chase Pfalzgraf were first team All League. Two other runners: Katrina Dvorak and Tyler Brown were second team All League. The varsity boys finished fifth in the AV-CTL.

Wellington defeats Winfield 14-7 to win district opener…

Chi Barton and Deyton Araujo with tackle in Wellington’s big win over Winfield. (Photo by Eric Rinehart). 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington returned to district opener winning form with a 14-7 victory over Winfield in another bruising contest with our neighbor to the east.

The win gives Wellington a leg up in the district race but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done as Mulvane destroyed Ulysses 40-14 in the other district game. Mulvane is on tap Friday night.

The big negative for the night is that the stature of quarterback Cade Phelps is unknown after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter. He did not return to the game. Wellington junior Michael Ledbetter played the rest of the contest, guiding the Crusaders despite Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar saying he has had limited practice at the position.

Wellington broke a four-game losing streak against Winfield and earned its first win against its former head football coach Linn Hibbs. Like every game with Winfield, this seemed like a never-ending struggle with the Vikings driving deep late in the game. Wellington would thwart the drive on a fourth-down incompletion at the 32 with 1:25 to play to preserve the win.

Conway Springs open district play with a 26-6 whipping of Garden Plain

Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs dominated Garden Plain 26-6 and firmly put itself in control of District 10 – that “awful” district which is awfully good.

Conway Springs grabbed an 8-0 lead and held a 14-0 advantage at the half. It was 20-0 after three quarters, before the two teams traded touchdowns in the fourth.

Trenton Jones went on a rampage running for two touchdowns of 80 yards and one for 27. He had 272 yards of rushing for the night, more than Garden Plain’s total offense.

Belle Plaine can’t stop Douglass in district opener

Sumner Newscow report — Belle Plaine could not stop Zack Dressler, who ran for 179 rushing yards and scored six touchdowns as Douglass destroyed Belle Plaine 64-20.

The Bulldogs led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter and held a 58-6 lead at the half. The results can be found here

Caldwell wins big against Hartford 62-0

Sumner Newscow report  — Caldwell improved to 3-0 in district play against Hartford 62-0. The Bluejays lost to this team last year. Obviously there was a graduation issue in Hartford.

The Bluejays led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and led 62-0 at the half. The box score for the game can be found here.  

Unfair districts start up in 3A; 8-man teams getting to crunch time

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This will be the final year for the district format as we know it. Oh, there will be districts. Just not like the way it is this year.

For Conway Springs fans, that’s a relief. Conway Springs is currently playing in the most awful district ever created by the KSHSAA — awful, as in, unfairly, ridiculously tough.

Class 3A District 10 is a bruiser. Cheney is 6-0, Conway Springs is 6-0, Garden Plain is 6-0. And Chaparral is the “weak” link at 5-1. That’s 23-1. Conway Springs is No. 4 in the state and Garden Plain is No. 5. Cheney and Chaparral are in the “others.” Ridiculous. We will talk about that “other” 3A District in a few paragraphs.

Little separate Wellington and Winfield in district opener

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Andale has dominated us. Mulvane has been our achilles heal. Winfield has been the team we leave thinking “coulda, woulda, shoulda.”

Winfield has won the last four meetings against Wellington. All four times, Wellington suffered some kind of melt down late and finished leaving in defeat – usually seeing its playoff fortunes fade away.

In fact, the last time Wellington beat Winfield was in 2010, 35-19. One would argue in that game, if people remember, the Crusaders pulled one out of their tails themselves en route to victory. Incidentally that was the last time Wellington made the playoffs. It’s been a frustrating series since for Wellington, who has never went into the game with Winfield as overwhelming underdogs.

Once again, Wellington travels to Southwestern College to play a vulnerable Winfield team that is currently 2-4 and has had its share of struggles. But Wellington is struggling on its own. 

Payton Ginter qualifies for Class 4A State tournament in girls golf

Payton Ginter

Sumner Newscow report — Payton Ginter, a Wellington High School freshman, qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament in girls golf Monday afternoon. Not a bad accomplishment for the first year of the program.

Ginter shot a 109, and placed 11th individually for Wellington at the Smoky Hills Country Club in Hays during what was a cool autumn day. The top three teams and five individuals qualify for state. Karee Dinkel of Hays was the winner with an 84 on the 18-hole tournament.

Ginter was the third lowest scorer for a freshman in the tournament behind Sophia Garrison of Hays and Jaela Albers of Andale, who both shot a 108.

Other Wellington scorers were: 

Five Wellington girls reach state tournament by surviving tough Collegiate regional

2017 Wellington High School state qualifiers include, from left, Abby Lowe, Rylee Rusk, Avery Rusk, Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten. (Courtesy photo) 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Class 4A Tennis Regional was a nine-team tournament. But it turned out to be a three-team battle between the top five teams in the state.

In the end Wichita Collegiate would eke out a regional victory with 20 points. Andover Central finished second with 16 and Wellington had 15. Circle came in a distant fourth with 7. The other five teams didn’t score a point.

Wellington would end up getting five of the six girls into the Class 4A State Tournament to be held in Pratt next weekend.

Wellington’s Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten will return to state as a doubles team. Avery and Rylee Rusk qualified as the other doubles team. Abby Lowe will return to state in singles.

Jacelyn Buck was the victim of a bad bracket seed in a tough regional and failed to make the state tournament.

Conway Springs goes into district undefeated after mangling Mulvane 44-13

Sumner Newscow report — Here is a score that will make people pause. Conway Springs 44 Mulvane 13.

However, this may need an asterisk. Conway Springs 44 Mulvane without Jayden Price 13.

The multitalented quarterback cornerback has signed with North Dakota State. He has been out with a high ankle sprain. When he returns, is anyone’s guess.

Still this was a big win for the 3A Cardinals over a 4A opponent. The game started an hour earlier because of the fear of weather. And if you were late you missed the first two touchdowns. On the opening play, Colton Terhune intercepted the ball and Trenton Jones followed with a touchdown to make it 8-0 with 11:41 to play in the first quarter. 

Wellington falls to Scott City 28-6 after half-hour delay

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington fell to Scott City 28-6 and dropped to 3-3 for the season. The results were not unexpected and neither was the weather. The game was delayed for 30 minutes as rain gushed in western Kansas. But the skies cleared and the Crusaders and Beavers played uninterrupted football since.

Wellington came into the game short handed. Joe Ybarra has an ankle injury and did not play. Aaron Schoemann hurt his knee in practice. Both starters were held out for this non-consequential game. Wellington was held under 100 yards offensively, and was pretty much stymied throughout the second half.

The Crusaders lone score came midway in the second quarter when Grey Hatfield took a pitch and scrambled left sweeping into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown run. At the 4:39 mark of the second quarter, Wellington had pulled with eight, 14-6. 

Wellington-Scott City live tweets, week #3 scores

Wellington-Scott City game will be live streamed

Sumner Newscow report — For those not going to the Wellington-Scott City game, it can be live streamed here. 

Crusader preview: Wellington travels 4-hours west to play very good Scott City in the rain

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The good news is Wellington won’t be playing Scott City next year. The bad news is Wellington is playing Scott City tomorrow.

Let’s tally the scorecard: the game means nothing, Scott City is heavily favored, and the drive is 4 hours away.

And to add insult to injury (which Wellington has plenty of) there is a thunderstorm system developing in western Kansas and is scheduled to hit Scott City precisely at 7 p.m. It is scheduled to get worse at 8 p.m. and then start to taper off at 10 p.m. There is a 80 percent chance of that happening. But then there was 98 percent chance the Falcons were going to win the Super Bowl in the third quarter, so there is a chance.

If there were ever a sign from the heavens to not play a football game, this might be it.

Nevertheless, the game is still on.

Scott City is pretty good. The Beavers, dressed in light blue and white, are currently undefeated at 5-0. They are ranked No. 3 in Class 4A Div. 2 and has had only one close game and that was to Class 4A Div. II No. 5 Holcomb 23-14.

There is a fan bus going but it is full. So if you want to go, drive your car.

Wellington-Scott City game at a glance:

Sport today: Wellington tennis to embark on Regional; Volleyball plays tough triangular; WMS tennis finishes season

2017 Wellington Tennis team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – A busy week of sports continues including the first post season varsity regional/sub state of the season…

Wellington girls tennis 

Fresh off its second-place finish in the AV-CTL DIII and IV league tournament, Wellington returns to Wichita Collegiate for its most important tournament of the season: the Class 4A Regional tentatively starting Friday. The Crusaders come into the tournament ranked No. 4 in the state according to the Kansas Coaches Association poll. But, this regional is loaded, with No. 1 ranked and host Wichita Collegiate and No. 5 ranked Andover Central.

“And don’t count out Circle, which has probably the best non-ranked team in the state,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “If we don’t come with our A game we will sink very quickly.”

The regional will also include: Augusta, El Dorado, Pratt, Ulysses, and Wichita Trinity.

To qualify for state, a singles player or doubles team must finish in the top six. Aufdengarten, who shook up the lineup in Monday’s league tournament, will be returning the team to its standard lineup. The Rusk sisters, Avery and Rylee, will be a doubles team as will Kylie Aufdengarten and Mekenna Adams. The singles players will be Jacelyn Buck and Abby Lowe.

2018-19 Wellington High School football schedule is released

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a busy day in Salina Wednesday as state athletic directors gathered to find opponents and fill out football schedules for the next two years. The 2018-19 Wellington High School football schedule was released by activities director Luke Smith. Of course, the schedule is pending until game contracts are signed.

The schedule looks much like it does last year but in different order. Wellington will immediately have its work cut out for it with Collegiate and Andale right out of the gate. Augusta and Labette County will now be on Wellington’s schedule – teams currently not on this year’s schedule.

Remember, Wellington will play eight regular season games next year and will be seeded for the first round with 16 other teams in the west division. Those schools are listed below.

Here is the tentative schedule for 2018-19:

Interest being gauged on renting a Charter Bus to Scott City

Sumner Newscow report — Mitch and Kelli McComb are trying to get enough folks on board to charter a bus to the Scott City vs Wellington football game this Friday. As of 1 p.m. today, Mitch McComb said there were 14. He needs 47 people to make it a reality. The deadline to contact the McCombs is Wednesday evening. If there is not enough people the charter bus will be cancelled.

A full bus is 56 people.

If you are parents or a Crusader fan who is interested in riding and not having to drive, the cost is $50 a person.  Please let either of them know ASAP no later than Wednesday evening. If by then there isn’t enough numbers, the Charter will be cancelled.

Wellington Middle School volleyball teams battle Mulvane, Haysville Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The results of the Wellington Middle School volleyball games  in triangular at Mulvane with Haysville on Monday:


A Team 


Set 1: 25-6 W

Nikki Peninger 3 kills, 6 assists, 1 dig 

Airalyn Frame 2 kills, 8 aces, 2 digs 

Crosby Fairbanks 1 ace 

Kaitlyn Hain 1 kill, 1 dig 

Rylee Rusk named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Rylee Rusk

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Rylee Rusk, a Wellington High School freshman for the Crusader girls tennis team, was named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Rusk won the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. III and IV tournament in Wichita singles division, despite the fact she never played singles in high school tennis. She went into the tournament as the fourth seed in No. 2 singles and she went 3-0 beating Sarnacki of Winfield 6-0, 7-5, defeating the No. 1 seed  Schraenberg from Circle in the semifinals 3-6, 6-1 (11-9), an defeated Withrow of Wichita Collegiate 6-4, 6-2.

For her efforts, Rusk is the recipient of a delicious large pizza from Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave.

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